hiking
snow
39 minutes ago

Great trail. Snow on trail about 1.1 mile in. A decent amount of snow at top by lake. All easily doable in trail runners. Being July 4th and a Saturday it had moderate traffic. Views are amazing

hiking
snow
1 day ago

GORGEOUS views of south sister. Totally worth it. Not too crowded. There were still snow drifts on the trail and leading to the lake. But good hiking boots were fine- no cramp ons needed. Hiking poles would be a good idea if you are a little out of shape or worried about slipping.

Went up yesterday, 7/2, and it was a gorgeous blue bird day with no wind. The views are incredible at the top, I’d say one of the most beautiful spots in Oregon with views of Broken Top, Middle and North Sister, Mt Bachelor and Jefferson. There is still quite a bit of snow on the trail (which is melting fast), with patches starting a little over a mile out. We had microspikes which worked out well going up, and brought an ice axe for some killer glisading. Treking poles were handy for the decent as there is a bunch of loose skree at the very top. We left around 6:15am and it took us about 5 hours to summit. Great hike!!

Super cool summit and trail. Conditions were great but definitely start early and make sure you have an ice ax or micro spikes for the way down. I made it up fine in trail runners and had crampons/ boots for the way down which was overkill. Also lots of dogs and definitely doable for them without protection for their paws (again, just start early!) Beautiful day and views!

hiking
snow
1 day ago

hiking
2 days ago

Snow was solid/icy on the way up at 6 or 7 in the morning, but turned soft/slushy during my descent as temps rose. Camped at Moraine Lake the night before, and the views in the morning as the fog/clouds burned off were amazing. If you do that, I suggest leaving your camping gear at Moraine Lake. Beautiful views at the top, and climbing from the false summit to the true summit is very minor - almost like a little victory lap.

Hiked up to Senoj Lake from Lucky Lake on 6/29/20. Trail was snow free and there were some trees down, but nothing you could not get over. Once I got to Senoj lake it was difficult to see where the trail went after that, but then again I wasn't looking too hard as I hadn't planned on continuing past that point anyway.

hiking
bugs
icy
muddy
snow
5 days ago

hiking
snow
5 days ago

Beautiful hike. Lots of snow. We had micro spikes, but wished we had crampons and an ice axe. Very slippery coming down.

hiking
snow
5 days ago

Incredible, incomparable views worth every grueling step on the way up. Still lots of snow and the final climb can feel a bit treacherous with harsh winds and whiteouts. Micro spikes helped a ton, but absolutely would have felt a lot safer with trek poles. Took about 5 hours to make it up with my mutt and about 2.5 hours down with some killer glissading and bounding down in the snow. What an experience!

hiking
blowdown
over grown
6 days ago

The bear grass is insane here right now. It’s growing everywhere. Couple small creek crossing that are very easy to cross. A little overgrown in a few sections. But still amazing

hiking
icy
no shade
snow
6 days ago

Great hike and the views are well worth the effort. Very windy at sandy plain, Cinder Ridge and at the Summit. Lots of snow throughout the trail. Gloves would have been nice after Sandy Plain.

Really nice trail with good Mountain View’s near the top. The last mile or so is pretty snowy, but I was fine in trail runners.

hiking
no shade
snow
7 days ago

If you’re reading this, do yourself a big favor and send this. It’s hard but well well worth the grind. On a clear day you are able to see what seems to be almost endlessly up the spine of the cascade range. Additionally, at the summit you’re above the clouds which always feels pretty special. That being said, make sure you get an early start as it’s much easier to gain traction on each step when the snow is firm. There may be some inevitable post holing on the descent however (depending on start time) which is why you’re better off just glissading! For more info on trails and hikes check out my Instagram, @alex.morose

hiking
7 days ago

Hiked this trail on 6/26- started at 7am and we reached the summit around noon! Microspikes were definitely helpful on the way up and poles saved me on the way down especially on the steep parts! Unfortunately we had so much fun glissading down that we ended up off trail and needed our GPS to get back on trail! Challenging hike and the views are more than worth the effort!

hiking
bugs
fee
9 days ago

SO. MANY. MOSQUITOES! You definitely need to bring some sort of repellent because I was stuck in the tent the whole evening, even if the view was absolutely beautiful, since I didn’t want to get bit. The stars are so so pretty at night!

on South Sister Trail

hiking
12 days ago

Round two after 5 days, the weather was gorgeous and met a lot of groups coming up. Actually made the summit this time lol. Attached are pictures of conditions - even in the 5 day period, the ice and snow had melted substantially. Really mushy by midday, I reached the summit around 11:30 am and was struggling on the descent to keep from sliding. Didn't need snowshoes, but the spikes came in handy

hiking
bugs
13 days ago

hiking
no shade
snow
13 days ago

Hit the trailhead at 7am ( wish we hit it 6:30 though) . It took a little over 5 hours to summit and 2 1/2 to descend ( with some glacading involved). The trip starts as a dirt path until about a mile in. Then the snow starts. There are some more rockier trail closer to summit. I mostly wore a hat, compression pants, shorts, long sleeve compression, T-shirt and light jacket. Gloves and a warmer jacket helped at summit, where the winds ramped up some. I hiked it with adidas continentals low cuts, so I wore snow gaters too. My feet were fully wet 1/2 to summit. So, bring extra socks if you don’t like wet feet. Micro spikes were very helpful. I did not use trekking poles, but they would have defiantly been useful. We saw several folks skiing down and snowboarding down. Most skiers seemed to hit it earlier than our crew; and were descending as we were nearing summit around noon. The ascent taxed and burned my legs most of the way . Although, the descent was much more enjoyable. One reason why I wished we would have left earlier is because we were post-holing some on the descent( not terribly though). Defiantly recommend starting this hike early to avoid that, especially on the way up. One thing I forgot that I wish I had were glasses. 6/21/20 was great sunny day with no precipitation. All my buddies used sunscreen, and they still got burnt. We climbed higher than the overcasts skies. Still great views at the top. Great trail & defiantly worth it! To seem more footage from the hike -> Instagram: @jesyahphotography & @mrjwhite3

hiking
14 days ago

Absolutely awesome hike. Lots of snow and very steep, be prepared!

backpacking
off trail
rocky
scramble
snow
14 days ago

This summit was fun! Definitely the first “hard” rating I agree with so far. This is a tough one going up especially if it’s windy But on a good day the views are amazing once you’re out of the first part in the trees, all the way until you’re on the summit and then it’s even better. definitely recommend, lakes were frozen over this time but if they ever were not it would make an epic camping spot, took just under 9 hours out and back to the summit we slid down the snow a lot on the way down, legs are tired.

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